Today marks the tenth anniversary of Carl Sagan’s death. To recognize the occasion, there is a blogathon in the works. I learned about the blogathon from Phil’s blog, so that’s the first place I checked this morning. As usual, Phil does a beautiful job with the topic at hand, so please go and read what he has to say.
Demon-Haunted World was one of the first really skeptical books I ever read, and still the best. I was already familiar with most of the topics covered, but it was critical to my growth as a critical thinker due to what I learned about how to write a skeptical text for a wide audience. Sagan was a true master of taking an immense and complex universe and breaking it down into understandable bits that anyone could not only grasp, but appreciate on a previously unknown level.
I recommend that you mark the day by reading or rereading the books and articles that this wonderful person left behind. I hope that his legacy continues to inspire people to explore the wonders that exist just beyond our grasp.